small bugs in houseplant soil
monique at mail.bio.tamu.edu
Tue Nov 20 09:55:59 EST 2001
Sounds like springtails. They don't really harm plants, but they can
be an indication that you are overwatering or letting water stand in
Adam Toner wrote:
> I have a number of houseplants - the standard ones like maranta, spider
> plant, rose, christmas cactus, snake plant, dwarf palm, etc. In almost
> every one of my 15+ pots I've noticed small (maybe 1mm) white bugs
> crawling around in the soil. They don't seem to fly or get on any other
> part of the plant, just in the soil. Sometimes I have to blow on the
> soil or push off the top layer to see these bugs.
> I think they killed one of my plants, a bolivian jew, because when I
> investigated the dead plant (I thought too much light had killed it) I
> found a ton of these little pests in the soil. I promptly threw all of
> that away, and went on a crusade to eliminate them from my other plants.
> I haven't noticed anywhere near that many in the others, and I've been
> spraying insectide soap on the soil every week or so. I also repotted a
> few of my plants that needed repotting anyway, and I tried to get rid of
> as much of the old soil as I could.
> Any idea what these are and how I can get rid of them? I looked in some
> books and on some web sites, and the closest match I can find are fungus
> gnats, but I really don't see them flying around.
> Thanks for the help,
> Adam Toner
> Senior, Georgia Institute of Technology
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